IAEMSC and NEMSMA Merger Discussions Suspended

IAEMSC and NEMSMA Merger Discussions Suspended

In December of 2013, the Boards of Directors of the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC) and the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) jointly announced unanimous decisions to proceed with creating a consolidation plan to merge the two EMS associations into a single new organization. Since that time, NEMSMA has been working diligently to accomplish this goal.

While NEMSMA continues to believe that the synergies of the two organizations are substantial and would do much to promote the EMS profession, it does not appear a merger is possible at this time. Recently, IAEMSC made it clear to NEMSMA they were unable at present to move forward and commit to a merger. 

During the last year, NEMSMA expended significant resources in deliberating the merger, conducting due diligence, as well as comparing and contrasting our philosophies with those of the IAEMSC regarding the industry and our approach to representing the leaders of EMS.

NEMSMA believes that neither association is well served by continuing to forestall independent actions that fulfill our individual strategic plans. We feel further delays for the purpose of only discussing a merger would serve to hinder our individual groups’ missions and progress. NEMSMA is therefore regretfully suspending further action in pursuit of consolidation for the immediate future.

NEMSMA remains interested in consolidating with IAEMSC as we believe it is in the best interest our respective associations and the greater EMS community. NEMSMA will certainly consider and carefully evaluate an IAEMSC offer to commit to and complete a merger at such time an offer occurs.

2014 Election Results

Congratulations to the new and returning Board of Director members:


Returning to the Board for a second two-year term, Brian LaCroix is President of Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, covering about 1,200 square miles in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and greater Minnesota. LaCroix will continue to chair the NEMSMA Membership/Development Committee. 


Ryan Greenberg returns for a second two-year term on the Board. Chief of EMS Operations for Vanguard Health Systems, Greenberg has two decades of experience in all types of EMS systems, including ocean rescue. As Chair of the NEMSMA National EMS Officer Competencies Committee, Greenberg participated in the release of a national framework for EMS leadership. "Seven Pillars of EMS Competencies."


Steve Cotter is the Director of EMS for Berkeley County in the Charleston metro area of South Carolina and have previously served as the Executive Director of the Sedgwick County EMS System in Wichita, Kansas. He returns to the NEMSMA Board of Directors for a second two year term.


Allison J. Bloom is an attorney, consultant, coach and educator with nearly 30 years of experience working with EMS and fire agencies, a pharmaceuticsl company and small-to-mid sized businesses.


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